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Creative Director: temp-to-perm (Global Agency)

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As a senior member of the engagement practice leadership team the role holder needs to be financially astute, be a strong people manager, and have exceptional client handling skills.

The Creative Director is accountable for ensuring that all creative output is delivered to the highest standards within budget and to brief.

The role holder needs to understand of our business, positioning and methodology and offer innovative and strategic creative insight to support our clients in meeting their business objectives. They will be responsible for driving new business, responding to RFP’s and pitching the creative thinking within our work.

Competencies for Success:

Strategic and conceptual thinker
Strong communicator – exceptional presentation skills and written communication skills
Comfortable with senior management
Ability to build strong relationships, internally and externally
Drive for results
Innovative
A leader and influencer
Team player
Curious
Flexibility and patience to deal with ambiguity and changing priorities
Highly organized and skillful planner
Able to deliver against established financial goals and metrics

Duties and Responsibilities:

Strong agency experience working on quality clients on a variety of brand engagement issues.
Communicates findings and recommendations in a clear and compelling manner in written, oral and presentation forms.
Sharing best practices and resources within the engagement practice and across the broader agency.
Excellent understanding of the role of brand in engagement and business growth.
A proven track record of delivering creative solutions that have affected/enabled business change with great results.
The ability to provide clear briefs that motivate and enable staff..
An innovative and challenging thinker not afraid to pushing hard for creative solutions that become leading examples of brand engagement.
A storyteller with the ability to sell ideas and thinking to clients in a compelling way.
A strong collaborator who can build cross team and geography-working relationships internally and externally

Working with Clients:

Acting as a senior lead client-facing creative.
Ability to understand complex client issues and have gravitas in front of clients.
Ability to see through different types of programs and how brand engagement and creative expression can solve problems

Strategic Credibility:

Displays a high level of strategic problem solving and lateral thinking.
Provides client services and the creative team with strategic direction on existing and new business projects.
Demonstrates an integrated approach to creative strategy which gets buy-in and commitment from all relevant stakeholders.
Actively builds the reputation of the creative team’s strategic capability through the development of superior strategic solutions, as well as new products, processes and knowledge.
Provides clients with breakthrough strategic creative solutions in the area of brand engagement.
Developing strategic creative tools.
Understands how and where to find data, thought leadership and inspiration.
Develops a proven track record of effective strategic creative solutions which meet clients’ goals and add significant value to their brand engagement/development activities.

Client Relationships:

The ability to deliver outstanding creative that not only meets the needs of our clients but also provides sustainable business value/growth..
Represent the company, not just creatively but in terms of experience, insight and attitude.
Outstanding active listening skills.
The ability to build trust and credibility with clients quickly and effectively.
Leading the presentation of creative work to the client in a clear compelling and inspiring way, demonstrating polished and articulate presentation skills..
Growing new business from existing and new clients alongside the wider engagement team.

People and Team:

Responsible for mentoring and educating the creative team, particularly in ideation creation.
Responsible for the staff appraisals and reviews of team and decisions on promotions (in conjunction with ECD MP and HR).
Partner in assessing strategic and creative deliverables required of a prospective or existing projects.
Collaborates with other engagement staff, as well as program management and creative.
Participates in the senior team meetings when called to do so.
Facilitates internal team meetings as appropriate.


Drive and Enthusiasm:

Have a high level of positive energy and drive, being helpful and offering lots of encouragement - a joy to work with.
Maintaining a positive attitude and working rapport with the Creative team and wider Engagement employees..


Communication:

Being open, articulate, passionate and clear on what you and the team are delivering.
Building relationships and improving team morale, e.g. by working as much as possible face to face with colleagues.

Efficiency and effectiveness:

Having a financial understanding of time and deliverables required for each stage of a program, in order to manage your own time and that of the creative team. Liaising with the Program Management to achieve this..
Using tight insightful briefings, brainstorming and using other techniques to ensure a great and effective creative results.


Business Development:

Partners with Executive Creative Director, Managing Partner UK and Global, Engagement and other engagement team members, and the Creative Team on new business pitches (with the ability to play a key role in pitch presentations).

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